Last Friday, after making a point to warn women about provoking violence toward themselves, ESPN talking head Stephen A. Smith tried to lend pragmatic advice about avoiding situations like the one Ray Rice’s fiancé found herself in. A valiant effort at trying to help women steer clear of domestic abuse, but it missed the point that nothing you do can or should merit violence.
In short, by advising women to not “provoke” men, Stephen A. Smith suggested that there is a scenario where the actions of a woman could logically result in a man hitting her. The only advice anyone gives in a situation like the Ray Rice case should be directed at men. Bottom-line.
Stephen A. claims he knew better, and he said just that this morning on First Take.
ESPN has decided not to suspend him. This:
[ESPN] “We will continue to have constructive dialogue on this important topic. Stephen’s comments last Friday do not reflect our company’s point of view. As his apology demonstrates, he recognizes his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values.”
Hooray for learning experiences!